RS2 Leaders Look Forward to Continuing Mercury Relationship With HID Ownership

“The phrase ‘win-win’ is overused, but it’s really appropriate for us in this case,” says RS2’s Dave Barnard.

DALLAS – While exhibiting at ASIS 2017, senior managers at access control systems provider RS2 Technologies offered comment on last week’s news of OEM partner Mercury Security being acquired by HID Global (a unit of ASSA ABLOY).

RS2 Director of Dealer Development Dave Barnard states the company is “excited about the prospect of not only continuing the extraordinarily positive partnership that we’ve had with Mercury for the past 20 years, but combining that with the excellent relationships that we’ve had with HID and ASSA ABLOY for almost the entire time that we’ve been in business. If you look on our website, you’ll see that both HID and ASSA ABLOY are among our Strategic Partners. All three of these firms – Mercury, HID and ASSA – have been sponsors of our Annual Conference for as many years as I can remember.”

RS2 Managing Partner Doug Robinson echoed Barnard’s comments and further states: “As you will note if you read the official press releases from HID and ASSA ABLOY, Mercury Security has an installed base of over three million controllers deployed at tens of thousands of sites around the world, including at more than 90 of the Fortune 100 companies. That’s a big reason that they were attractive to HID and it’s a big reason that RS2 is proud to be one of their extremely select group of Platinum Elite Partners.

“Here at RS2, we’ve found that part of our outstanding success over the past several years has been that we have taken care to partner with only the best developers and manufacturers of the security products with which we integrate our Access It! access control software. For intelligent controllers and interface boards, that’s Mercury Security. For readers, smart cards, mobile IDs, wireless and IP locks, and scores of other cutting-technology security solutions, we have consistently turned to HID and ASSA ABLOY.”

Those sentiments are reflective of HID President/CEO Stefan Widing’s comment that “customers of both HID and Mercury Security will benefit from tighter and more seamless integration of controllers with readers and credentials, as well as from our shared vision for an open, flexible approach to access control.”

Barnard adds, “We have preached open platform access control for 20 years and it has been a philosophy that has served us well, as it has Mercury, HID and ASSA. We look forward to even more success by working with these great partners. The phrase ‘win-win’ is overused, but it’s really appropriate for us in this case.”

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Scott Goldfine is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Security Sales & Integration. Well-versed in the technical and business aspects of electronic security (video surveillance, access control, systems integration, intrusion detection, fire/life safety), Goldfine is nationally recognized as an industry expert and speaker. Goldfine is involved in several security events and organizations, including the Electronic Security Association (ESA), Security Industry Association (SIA), Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), ASIS Int'l and more. Goldfine also serves on several boards, including the SIA Marketing Committee, CSAA Marketing and Communications Committee, PSA Cybersecurity Advisory Council and Robolliance. He is a certified alarm technician, former cable-TV tech, audio company entrepreneur, and lifelong electronics and computers enthusiast. Goldfine joined Security Sales & Integration in 1998.

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